Serial Saturdays: On the occasional Saturday, I review a serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or worth buying all its parts. Here is this week’s offering:
Synopsis for Chase (from Goodreads):
Larissa Jacobs’ financial debt is climbing after a failed attempt at becoming the next big thing in Hollywood–and now her roommate has asked her to come up with the rent by the end of the weekend or she’ll be out on the street. But her roommate soon takes pity on her and offers to help her get a job working with him for an escort service. Larissa’s first client is Senator Chase Underwood: gorgeous, married, and the current presidential candidate. Will his penchant for sexual domination destroy his prospects of world domination?
Part of the broader Power Players Series (Luke Series & Knox Series)
Author: Cassia Leo
# of Parts: 4 (Chase, Disclosure, Exposure, Closure)
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: August – November 2012
Source & Format: Own–Kindle
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
Cassia Leo is one of those authors I have a lot of books by but haven’t really read. Despite being really excited for her Luke Series, I ended up DNFing it. So I was a little hesitant to start this one but the premise was really intriguing and it was only a total of 80 pages…
There isn’t too much of a plot besides Chase and Larissa trying to figure out how they can be together–and that isn’t overly complicated either. The pages consist of sexy times, Larissa pining for Chase and Chase promising they will be together before he departs. Rinse and repeat.
But the ending? While I expected it, I just didn’t like the far-fetched nature of it all.
When you have a series of this length, it’s hard to get to know these characters on a deeper level. But they work for this story. Could they have been elaborated on? For sure but they did the job well here.
They meet once, kiss and Chase decides he has to risk everything for a girl he essentially hooks-up with in a limo after 5 minutes of meeting. It’s classic over the top, insta-love at its “finest”–and I wasn’t really a fan.
Series Rating: 2/5
If you want a super quick read of insta-love or love the idea of a presidental canditate falling for an escort, give it a try. Otherwise, pass!
Read if You Like: serialized novellas, erotica
Avoid if You: want a little more substance to your erotica
- January by Audrey Carlan (Calendar Girl Series #1)
- The Arrangement by H M Ward (The Arrangement Series #1)
I’ve been thinking of doing this for my own books – releasing them a little bit at a time. Hugh Howey did that with his Wool series and it worked well. Glad to see readers pick them up too. Too bad this one didn’t work for you, though. At least you gave it a shot! 🙂
There are a ton of great novella series out there. H M Ward has a ton of them and they are great. I really enjoy the novella series that come out. I hate waiting for the installments but I enjoy the quicker nature of them.